Inviting your colleagues to your wedding can be tricky business. As with any other type of potential guest, there are several ways to approach your invitations and each has its pluses and minuses. Most people use email or the Internet for various tasks, so using that format is an inexpensive way to ask them. Others believe that traditional means are the way to go. Simply sending out physical invitations to your colleagues can be the classiest way, but it might not be necessary.
Ask them personally in a face-to-face conversation, preferably before or after work. Speak with all of your colleagues and let them know that you are getting married. This opens up a conversation and will give you a good idea if they will attend if asked. This personal invitation can be great for estimating how many of them will attend your wedding for planning purposes. Getting soft commitments can save you time and money on formal invites.
Invite your colleagues through email. Although relatively impersonal, an email to your colleagues can be a quick way to let them know where and when your wedding will take place. The email also allows them to politely decline without any uncomfortable feelings. Email invites are common in the digital age, but can be too impersonal for you if you are traditional. Personalize each email or send out a mass email with the information.
Mail out invitations to colleagues, which is the traditional way to invite someone to your wedding. Wedding invitations can be mailed to physical addresses in bulk at the post office. Get all of your colleague's addresses and write their address on the front of each invitation. The invitation should include an RSVP for the wedding and all pertinent information regarding the time, place and date. Include your return address so that any undelivered invitations come back to you.
Send out personalized e-vites to colleagues for your wedding. E-vites are similar to traditional wedding invitations but are delivered electronically. Go to a site that specializes in e-vites and choose a template that best fits the theme of your wedding. Get all of your colleague's email address and send the e-vites off in anticipation of your wedding day. E-vites are often available free online, so the money you save on invitations can be used for other matters.
Call all of your colleagues on the phone. Get their phone numbers and call colleagues you plan to invite on the phone. This may be a preferred method over face-to-face interaction as it is done when you are not at work and allows your colleague to say no more easily. Make a list and check off who is and who is not going after each call to keep track of your total head count.
Do not send invitations to colleagues by posting the invite on company bulletin boards or email lists; this is too impersonal and could result in a colleague who you do not want to attend showing up at the wedding.